On Friday Seleny Crosby, 10, of South Jordan, Utah near Salt Lake CIty succumbed to injuries she sustained after being struck by a school bus two days earlier. Her death has devastated her family, as well as the local community, and prompted school officials to review bus routes and stops.
The Welby Elementary student suffered head injuries and died surrounded by her family.
On Wednesday April 30 the girl exited a southbound bus that had pulled into the shoulder and attempted to cross the road when a second bus hit her. The driver of the second bus did not see the girl, said South Jordan police spokesman Sam Winkler. Her driver had activated the school bus’ four-way hazard flashers as the students were unloading, he said, but did not activate the yellow or red loading lights or stop signs.
Police said they do not believe speed or driver distraction were factors in the accident. Officials also stated Friday that the case remains an active investigation and they anticipate bringing it to prosecutors to determine potential charges.
Monday the Jordan School District’s transportation staff were joined by a traffic and safety engineer from the state’s risk management division as they drive the private, homeowners association streets where Crosby was killed to assess whether buses can safely navigate these roads, according to district spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf. District employees were already evaluating the neighborhood, she added.
"They spent a lot of Friday out there trying to think outside the box for any way to make that stop safer," Riesgraf said in an interview Saturday.
The district also plans to hold a community meeting to hear residents’ concerns and ideas, she said, but it has not yet been scheduled.
At a meeting on Tuesday, City Council members will wear pink ribbons in memory of Crosby as they discuss safety measures. Councilman Chris Rogers reportedly supports adding more bus stops on the routes so children do not have to cross the street after getting off a bus.